Treatment Options for Chipped Teeth

A chipped tooth can affect more than just the appearance of a smile. It can be an indication of oral health problems on the horizon. Once a tooth is structurally compromised, it is vulnerable to further damage, which can lead to excruciating pain and costly treatment down the road. If you have a chipped tooth, it truly is best to have it taken care of now, even if it isn’t causing you any immediate problems.

Fortunately, modern restorative dentistry offers a number of highly effective treatments for chipped teeth. At one point, repairing a chipped tooth might have meant sacrificing the aesthetic appeal of your smile by filling your mouth with conspicuous metal. Those days, thankfully, are long gone. At University Dental Arts, Dr. David Redford and his team use only the finest materials to restore damaged teeth to their former glory. Dr. Redford offers a comprehensive range of treatment options for chipped teeth at his Denver, CO cosmetic dentistry practice, all of which leave patients with smiles that are as attractive as they are healthy.

If you have one or more chipped teeth, don’t wait another day to seek treatment. Schedule your initial appointment at University Dental Arts, and make your smile whole once again.

How Does Dr. Redford Treat Chipped Teeth?

Before he can treat a chipped tooth, Dr. Redford must first determine how the chip occurred. Was it the result of trauma or injury, or did it occur due to an underlying oral health issue? How severe is the chip? How badly damaged is the tooth enamel and the dentin that lies beneath the enamel? If there are issues that must be tended to before restoring the tooth, they must be identified first and foremost.

For small chips that affect the front teeth, it may be possible simply to conceal the tooth using one of two methods:

  • Porcelain veneers: Crafted from the highest-quality porcelain, veneers are layered onto the front surfaces of teeth to conceal chips and other aesthetic flaws. Like enamel, porcelain is translucent, meaning that it allows some light to pass through its surface, so it looks remarkably natural.
  • Dental bonding: A cost-efficient alternative to porcelain veneers, dental bonding involves the application of a composite resin material to the surface of a chipped tooth. When this material hardens, it is sculpted and polished to resemble a natural tooth.

For chips that affect the side and back teeth, the treatment used will depend on the size and severity of the chip:

  • For smaller chips, a tooth-colored, composite resin filling will be used.
  • For moderate chips that occur within the protruding cusps of a tooth, a ceramic inlay will be used.
  • For moderate chips that extend to one or more of the protruding cusps of a tooth, a ceramic onlay will be used.
  • For chips too large to support a filling, an inlay, or an onlay, the entire tooth will be covered by a dental crown.

Learn More about Treatments for Chipped Teeth

To learn more about treatments for chipped teeth, please contact University Dental Arts today.

Prices and Payment Options for Dental Implants

Dental implants have been growing rapidly in popularity as an effective way to replace damaged or missing teeth and restore a healthy and natural smile. If you’re a candidate for a dental implant, you may have questions about the cost, the role of dental insurance, and what payment options are available. Cosmetic dentist David Redford and his skilled staff at University Dental Arts are on hand to discuss your options and make dental implants work for you.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Before you can decide if dental implants are right for you, it’s important to understand exactly what a dental implant is. A dental implant procedure involves an oral surgeon embedding one or more “anchors” to your jawbone. Once the anchor has healed and properly fused to the jawbone, your cosmetic dentist can install an abutment and attach either removable or permanent prosthetics ranging from a single crown to bridges or dentures. A dental implant is much stronger and sturdier than traditional bridges or dentures, and is commonly regarded as the top of the line in tooth replacement.

Dental Implants and Dental Insurance

Most dental implant procedures are not fully covered by insurance at this time. With the availability of dental crowns and bridges, relatively new treatments like dental implants are often considered elective. The average dental implant tends to cost between $1,500 and $3,000 per tooth for the abutment and crown alone, plus additional costs for implant placement with an oral surgeon. But that price tag does not have to put the dental implant procedure you want out of the realm of possibility. While those who can afford it can certainly pay for a dental implant in one lump sum, most patients opt to work out a payment plan.

In Consideration of a Payment Plan

If your insurance does not fully cover the cost of dental implants and you cannot afford to pay for the procedure outright, you still have several options. You may consider paying with a credit card, or you may work out a payment plan with your dental office.

University Dental Arts is one of many dental offices that are receptive to financing extensive procedures like dental implants through individualized payment plans. A payment plan works in much the same way as a credit card – instead of paying in one lump sum, you are able to pay off the balance for your procedure little by little in monthly installments with nominal interest. A set up like this can make even expensive treatments much more manageable.

The Cost of Going Without

It is a fact that dental implants can carry a significant price tag. But when weighing your options, it is also important to weigh the costs of dental implants against the cost of ignoring your dental needs or opting for a lesser treatment.

Too many people put off necessary dental work for years, only to find themselves in need of much more extensive dental work in the future. By working with your dental office to work out a payment plan, a dental implant procedure can be within your reach.

Contact Your Denver Dental Implant Specialist Today

At University Dental Arts, cosmetic dentist David Redford is committed to restoring your smile and your confidence. Call (303) 534-7797 to contact our Denver dental office and discuss your dental implant payment options.

Natural Looking Restorations for Dental Implants

Dental implant restorations offer a permanent and secure solution in tooth replacement. Dental implant restorations have the power to not only improve the aesthetics of your smile, but also the function of your teeth. If you are looking for a Denver cosmetic dentist for your dental implant restoration, we welcome you to schedule a consultation at University Dental Arts. In the meantime, here is an overview to help you decide if dental implant restorations are right for you.

Types of Dental Implant Restorations

Dental implants are surgically placed titanium posts, which act as a replacement tooth root. Dental implant restorations are attached to these posts to restore the look and function of your teeth. There are different types of dental implant restorations available to meet your specific needs. Dental implant restorations include single crowns to full sets of dentures.

Dental Crowns

For those only missing one or two teeth, dental crowns are a suitable option in dental implant restoration treatment. The process for using dental crowns for dental implant restoration includes surgically placing the dental implant post within the missing tooth socket of the jaw. The jaw is allowed time to heal and once healed, a permanent bond is formed between the bone and implant. Once fully healed, generally a few months later, the dental crown will be attached to the titanium post with an abutment to complete the treatment.

Implant-supported Bridges

Implant-supported dental bridges are another option in dental implant restorations. Implant-supported bridges are generally used to replace two or three adjacent teeth. With implant-supported bridges, a dental implant is placed to support the bridge. The bridge, which consists of two or three artificial teeth, will be attached to the implant to fill the space between the missing teeth . In cases when multiple teeth are missing, dental implants may be used to secure both ends of the bridge.

Implant-supported Dentures

For those requiring dentures, or, already wearing dentures, dental implant-supported dentures are a great option. Implant-supported dentures provide a secure, comfortable fit so you can eat your favorite foods and go about your daily activities with confidence. Implant-supported dentures attach within the mouth with three to five implants using either a metal stud or bar attachment. Implant-supported dentures can be removed for cleaning but will stay firmly in place while you eat and speak.

The Benefits of Dental Implant Restorations

For our patients in Denver, dental implants offer a number of benefits including increased confidence, aesthetics, and comfort. Here are just a few of the many benefits you can expect to experience with your dental implant restoration:

  • Increased confidence in the way your teeth look and feel
  • Enhanced aesthetics, as the dental restorations available at University Dental Arts are custom made to look natural and complement your face
  • Better function, as the dentures are permanently anchored down with dental implants
  • Improved comfort; no adhesives are required to keep the dentures in place

Schedule a Consultation

You can enjoy the comfort and confidence of having a full set of teeth. Schedule a consultation at University Dental Arts in Denver to see which dental implant restoration is right for you.

Inlays and Onlays Treatment

Our mouth is an ideal environment in which bacteria can grow, so it is likely that we will experience some degree of tooth decay. The most common treatment for minor cases of tooth decay is a dental filling. When tooth decay has gone too far to be treated with a dental filling, Dr. David Redford, a respected Denver cosmetic dentist, offers inlays and onlays treatment.

Candidates for Inlays and Onlays

When you suffer from a degree of decay that cannot be treated with a dental filling, you should consider inlay or onlay treatment. While regular dental fillings can leave a tooth vulnerable to continued decay, inlays and onlays actually strengthen the tooth and protect it from bacteria. Dr. Redford can examine your teeth and the extent of your tooth decay to determine if you are a candidate for inlays or onlays treatment.

Inlays and Onlays Treatment

Inlays and onlays replace lost or damaged tooth material, and cover a portion of the tooth’s surface to actually leave the tooth stronger and more functional. Dr. Redford will decide if you need an inlay or onlay based on the degree of decay that has taken place. An inlay is used if the decay is within the tooth’s cusps and an onlay is required if the decay has extended to include one or more of the tooth’s bumpy structures on the biting surface.

Because the inlays will cover such a large portion of the tooth, we usually recommend that they be composed of a tooth-colored material. This will allow the restoration to blend in and leave the aesthetics of your teeth uncompromised.

We will need to perform treatment over a span of two dental appointments. One appointment will be needed to clean and prepare the tooth. After all the decay has been removed, we will be able to get an accurate impression to use as a model for the inlay or onlay. Dr. Redford will likely place a temporary filling at this point, while the inlay or onlay is constructed off-site. At your second and final appointment, we can replace your temporary filling with the inlay or onlay. The restoration will be cemented to the tooth and treatment will be complete.

Benefits

Inlays and onlays are a preferred treatment method because they allow patients to keep their healthy tooth material. Instead of replacing or covering the tooth, an inlay or onlay becomes part of the tooth and strengthens it. Someone with an inlay or onlay can comfortably perform any normal function of the mouth.

Alternate Treatments

For our patients in Denver, dental crowns or other reconstructive dental treatments will be necessary if tooth decay is severe or the function and structure of the tooth have been severely compromised. Dr. Redford will determine which treatment will be most beneficial.

Schedule an Appointment

To learn more about inlays and onlays treatment, as well as the other dental treatments we offer, schedule an appointment with Dr. David Redford. He will be happy to perform an exam and determine your best course of treatment.